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Furry Friends of the Fort Closing, Eleven Dogs Need Homes

 by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

FORT STOCKTON - Eleven dogs in Fort Stockton are begging for treats, and begging for a home. That's because Furry Friends of the Fort is closing its doors after just one year of being in business. 

"We are shutting down because of lack of volunteers, lack of community support, and lack of funding," Co-President Diana Rangel said. 

The dog rescue is just outside of town with plenty of room for the dogs to run, as well as big kennels to keep them safe, but without manpower and only two people running the rescue, not much can get done. The need for setting up fundraisers and adoption events on top of taking care of the dogs is crucial, but nearly impossible with no volunteers. 

"We're just not moving dogs fast enough to be able to get anymore," Rangel said. "And with no funding, we can't afford rent and can't afford to pay our vet bill, and it just never ends." 

The tails are wagging, the snouts are wet and they love attention, but for some reason, adoptions just aren't happening too often. 

"We have adult dogs, our youngest is eight months. Everybody wants the teeny-tiny cute puppies," Rangel explained. "Once they're adult dogs, that's when everybody dumps them, drops them off, everybody gives them away. Nobody wants adult dogs." 

The rescue will be officially shutting their doors on November 15th. If the dogs are not adopted by then, they will be turned over to animal control with the threat of being put down extremely high. 

"I'm doing everything in my power to make sure that doesn't happen," Rangel said. "If it means giving them away there at the end, that's what I'll do. I just don't want that to happen. None of these guys deserve that." 

If you would like to adopt one of these dogs, please call Diana Rangel at 432-290-5098 or visit the Furry Friends of the Fort Facebook page.

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